On Friday, August 10th the AMCF Big Hearts Phoenix Committee hosted their annual Bowl-a-thon event at Brunswick Zones in Mesa. This year’s “Totally 80s” theme was a huge success, with over 250 people in attendance. It is a tradition every year for members to get dressed up, and this year’s outfits did not disappoint. We saw a lot of 80s throwback looks - from neon colored clothes, afros, cut offs and mullets - AMA members looked TOTALLY amazing!
Bowl-a-thon allows both regular and associate members to network, bowl and of course come together to raise money for the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF). All funds raised during this event will be distributed to the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund, UMOM and Autism Speaks. These contributions do make a difference, and we want to thank all of you who were so generous and donated to the AMCF. Thanks to your donations, the AMCF Big Hearts Phoenix Committee was able to raise over $20,000.
The AMA would like to take a minute to recognize the hard work of the AMCF Big Hearts Phoenix Committee. Under the leadership of co-chairs Tina Greco and Michelle Sinclair, committee members donate many hours of their time to help organize, orchestrate and execute events like Bowl-a-thon in order to raise funds for the AMCF. These committee members worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s Bowl-a-thon was a success, and it paid off.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this event. We hope to see you all again at next year!
We are excited to announce the promotion of Crystal DeHoag to President of Bella Investment Group effective July 1, 2018. Crystal has shown tremendous growth over the past 12 years, most notably the past five years as our Director of Property Management and Vice President of Operations.
We have worked with Crystal over the last 12 months in anticipation of her leading more of the strategic direction for Bella. She will join us in determining the future course of the company, as well as strategically planning for growth. We have come to know and trust Crystal’s heart and ability and believe she shares our value of people, both team members and residents, and we know that Bella will thrive under her leadership directly impacting employees, residents, and the community at large.
We invite you to join us in congratulating Crystal on her promotion and appreciate your support as Bella continues to lead the way in the property management industry!
Amy and Gina
Bella Investment Group LLC
Christopher r. Walker, law offices of scott m. clark P.c., mark b. zinman, williams, zinman & Praham p.c.
This legislative session the AMA sponsored Senate Bill 1376, which Mary Schramm, Chris Walker and Mark Zinman testified in support of. The bill has been signed into law and will become effective August 3. This article will discuss some of the details of the bill and suggest changes that landlords may want to make to their leases, policies, and procedures.
SB 1376, which is now codified in A.R.S. 33-1368 and A.R.S. 33-1370, changes several laws regarding storage of a tenant's property. Here are the main provisions of the law, which would require you to change your lease and/or your policies and procedures: (because there are countless variations of leases in circulation, we have not set forth the exact language you should use in your lease. When reading these changes, be sure to check the verbiage in your lease).
By Mark B. Zinman, Williams, Zinman & Parham P.C.
Facebook is a multi-billion-dollar platform that allows people throughout the world to connect with their friends and their family. It seems like everyone has an opinion about Facebook, whether it is a useful tool for communicating, a dying social media website or a place filled with stories about people's kids. Usually Facebook potentially violating fair housing laws is not the first thing that comes to people’s mind.
Managers generally think about fair housing in terms of how they treat their applicants and residents. Managers are quick to tell stories about the time they had to allow a goat as an assistive animal to help the resident deal with anxiety. Given the complexity of how fair housing laws are applied on property, managers often forget that fair housing laws apply to advertising done in the real estate market. This can affect not only what the advertisements look like, but also what models they use, what language is included and to whom the advertisements are sent. Just like the prohibition on steering, advertisements should not target or avoid a specific protected class.
This rule becomes more complex when applied to online ads. There is a federal law called the Federal Communications Decency Act ("CDA") which provides that websites will not be liable for discriminatory content, where the site has no control over what is posted. In a case that went to the Supreme Court, it was found that Craigslist was not liable for discriminatory postings because the website merely provided a blank space for people to write in what they wanted. The Court found that Craigslist didn't control what was written nor did it target specific groups. The author that made a discriminatory post could still be liable for violating fair housing laws, but Craigslist was not liable.
A new lawsuit filed against Facebook in March, comes from a different angle and has good arguments as to why Facebook is different from Craigslist. While Facebook also only provides a blank slate for a person to write what they want, Facebook is different in that it is actually an advertising platform. Therefore, once the user types in the description it wants, it can then use Facebook tools to target which users see the advertisement. It can target men compared to women, for example. This means that an advertiser on Facebook could ensure that certain groups of people see more of its ads than members of another protected classes. This is a form of advertising discrimination that the FHA is intending to protect against.
Facebook has already publicly announced that it denies any discrimination and that it will defend itself in court. We will keep readers advised of developments in this case.
The tables were flipped on July 19th at the Tucson Reverse Trade Show. Every year, this Trade Show continues to grow, and this year was no different. The ‘Shoot for the Stars’ themed event was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance – including a 25% increase of property management representation compared to last year. As the Tucson Property Management Members set up behind tables, Associate Member Teams and Sponsors had the opportunity to network and set appointments with the Property Management Members in a “speed dating” styled format. Next year’s Tucson Reverse Trades Show is currently set for July 18th, 2019. Due to the event’s continuous growth over the years, the Trade Show will be held at a larger venue next year.
Of course, this event would not be possible without our sponsors. Thank you to this year’s Title Sponsor American Technologies, and all our other amazing sponsors: the Law Offices of Scott M. Clark, Maintenance Supply Headquarters, Koglmeier Law Group, L & M Custom Painting & Tile Works, Leslie’s Poolmart, Sunland Asphalt, PPG Paints, Valley Wide Security, Wingspan Media Group, LLC, Arizona Smoke Free Living, Apartments.com, Redi Carpet, Aire-Master of Tucson, Concepts: Space Planning & Design, MRI Software, Interior Logic Group Property Services, Tucson Appliance Company, Silverado Rooter & Plumbing, Capitol Floors, Delta Mechanical, The Garzella Group-Multifamily Risk Advisory.
A Talk with Brian wareing, president/ceo
What about this industry inspired you to start Centurion Management Company?
When I started in this business, employers treated their employees much differently. Employers used intimidation to instill fear into employees in hopes they’d perform better. The goal was to scare employees so they would work harder and feel like they would not lose their job. This created a lack of customer service due to stress and actually made employees perform worse. I decided to run Centurion with tremendous respect and thankfulness to all our employees. I figured that if I showed our employees that I cared about them and their families as more than just numbers, they’d want to work hard and impress me. It has worked incredibly well for over 27 years.
Over the years you have been in business, what do you think has changed the most in the industry?
Well for starters, significantly improved customer service on the property level. Also, the software available to property managers, including using smart phones and tablets, is beyond anything we dreamed of.
How did these changes impact your decision to rebrand your company?
When our Vice President, Austin Harte, first approached me about a rebrand, I was initially against it. However, they say that if you don’t evolve, you die. We hired some of the best people that Austin had worked with in the past and decided we’d try to form a company that used all the great things from Centurion and from the other companies that these people had worked for. From there, we’d throw out all the not great things to create the best property management company possible!
With all the changes you’ve made thus far, what do you feel now sets Centurion Management Company apart?
We have the most positive energy that we’ve ever had. Every single decision we make is based upon the question, “Does this decision make us a better property management company?” We have so many people who are so appreciated and so love to come to work every day that I’m supremely confident we will provide the best property management services possible.
What are the benefits for you as an AMA member? Are you involved in any committees that are helping your business or your team members?
The AMA has one of the best lobbyist groups in the country. They have gotten the state legislature to pass laws that make Arizona one of the most apartment friendly states in the country. In the past, we have been involved with many AMA committees and we are eager to do so again!
In 2015, the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation decided to create a scholarship fund to provide post-secondary educational funding for the employees of AMA member companies in good standing, and their immediate family members. The AMA Board of Directors decided to name the education fund in memoriam, honoring Julie Hurst, a Senior Vice President with Riverstone Residential. Julie served on the AMA Board of Directors until her passing in 2012. In 2017, the Arizona apartment industry lost another dear friend, Steve Peters, a Senior Portfolio Director with Shelton-Cook Real Estate Services. Steve’s accomplishments in our industry inspired the Board to rename the fund to include his name.
For the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund to be sustained over time, AMCF Big Hearts set out to raise $50,000. The original goal was to have the funds available for distribution by January 1, 2019. With the help of the Associate Member Council (AMC), AMCF Big Hearts hit their $50,000 goal early, making 2018 the first year that applicants could apply for and be awarded.
Administered by the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund will distribute academic scholarships annually. Employees of AMA member companies in good standing, and their immediate family members, including children spouses or dependents of a legal guardianship, are eligible to apply. These scholarships can be used for post-secondary Arizona accredited institutions including trade/vocational school, community college, or a university. Applicants can be part-time or full-time students. Applicants may reapply in subsequent years to be considered for additional funding. This year, the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund scholarships have been awarded to three participants - congratulations Madison Furnas, Daniel Sinclair and Kaitlyn Lockett.
The AMA believes in giving back to the community. Our goal is to cultivate opportunities and generate financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents’ lives. Since 2005, the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF) and the Big Hearts committees have raised over $1,000,000 to support and address the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education.
Last year alone, AMCF Big Hearts raised a total of $82,040, with AMCF Big Hearts Phoenix Committee raising $50,536 and AMCF Big Hearts Tucson Committee raising $31,504. All the money raised last year was distributed to UMOM New Day Centers, the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund, Autism Speaks, Our Family Services and Tucson Homeless Connect. Members of the AMCF Big Hearts Committee in both Phoenix and Tucson host annual fundraising events such as the Bowl-a-thon, Car Raffle, Silent Auction, Dollar-A-Door FUNdraiser, Gaslight Theatre, El Tour de Tucson, and Annual Fun Run. These events make it possible for us to make a difference in our communities.
AMCF Big Hearts originally started as the Big Hearts for Little Hands Committee through the AMA. It was created by the Board of Directors in 2005. The goal of this committee, bringing together both regular and associate members, was to create volunteering and fundraising events that support organizations like UMOM New Days Center and Our Family Services. As the donation amounts grew each year, the AMA felt it was important to formalize the efforts of the committee, so in 2011 the Board of Directors created the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF), a 501(c)(3) organization.
The creation of AMCF allowed the Association to expand its fundraising efforts. In 2015, the AMA Board of Directors tasked the AMCF Big Hearts for Little Hands Committees to begin fundraising for an Education Scholarship, and decided to name the fund in memoriam, honoring Julie Hurst, and in 2018 Steve Peters was added. With the new and expanded role of the committees, the “for Little Hands” was removed from the committee name, and a new logo was created for Big Hearts. Today, Big Hearts continues to grow, expand and adapt to the needs of the organization in supporting different charities that are important to members. Now, the AMCF and Big Hearts names have been combined together to create ACMF Big Hearts Phoenix and AMCF Big Hearts Tucson Committees. The logo has once again been updated to reflect the organization becoming one entity. AMCF Big Hearts has always adapted to the changing charitable and philanthropic interests of the AMA’s members and the changing needs of their communities.
UPCOMING AMCF BIG HEARTS EVENTS
August 10, 2018 - Big Hearts Bowl-a-thon
September 14 – Tucson Tradeshow Afterparty, Benefiting AMCF Tucson
October 28, 2018 - Autism Speaks Walk
November 17, 2018 - El Tour De Tucson
December 31, 2018 – Dollar-a-Door FUNdraiser Ends
January 2019 – AMCF Big Hearts Awards Ceremony & Car Raffle Drawing
The Arizona Multihousing Association Political Action Committee (AMAPAC) has endorsed candidates seeking election statewide, in the legislature and local jurisdictions. AMAPAC made the endorsements based upon the candidates’ track record in office or their participation in a candidate interview process.
“These were difficult choices since many of the candidates are qualified for the job. However, we were charged with identifying candidates that will be receptive to the issues of the apartment industry, we feel these candidates fit that bill,” said AMAPAC Chair Reid Butler.
Over one third of Arizonans live in apartments. Our owners, developers, managers and residents contribute $13.1 billion to the Arizona economy annually. “It is critical for our industry to have elected leaders who understand the issues that impact our industry. The decisions they make not only impact property owners, but also the residents that live in communities throughout Arizona,” said Butler.
The AMA strongly recommends that members consider AMAPAC endorsed elections when heading to the polls.
by jake hinman, director of government affairs for capitol consulting
The Midterm elections are quickly approaching and many offices--- from U.S. Senate all the way down to local city council members---will be on this year’s ballot. This year’s midterm election could not only have a dramatic effect in Washington, but some are even speculating that Arizona could also see some changes in several key races.
If historical trends for midterm elections and the party controlling the White House holdup, then the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives could be in store for some changes. After all, in the modern era of the U.S. presidency, presidents have generally seen significant changes in the House and Senate between presidential elections. President Reagan in 1986, Clinton in 1994, Bush in 2006 and Obama in 2010 all experienced presidential midterm setbacks. Few exceptions to the rule have occurred: Clinton in 1998 and Bush in 2002.
It certainly won’t take much for democrats to regain some control in Washington, most notably in the Senate where the GOP maintains a narrow margin of control with 51 seats to the democrats 47 (two members are left-leaning independents). The House may be steeper hill for democrats to climb as twenty-four seats would need to flip in order to shift the chamber’s balance of power.
What will be the determining factor in Arizona? Simple---voter turnout. Traditionally, midterm gubernatorial elections in Arizona result in low voter turnout. Will 2018 buck the trend? If history is the guide, then the answer is, quite simply, no. But some factors could make 2018 unique. Voters may be more energized than usual due to the Trump presidency, the prospects of the top-of-the-ballot candidates (think U.S. Senate), the “Red for Ed” movement, and certain ballot propositions; all of which could result more voter participation.
As far as the numbers go, there are currently 3,610,377 registered voters in Arizona. Of those voters, 1,258,994 are registered republicans. Believe it or not, independents represent Arizona’s second largest voting block with 1,223,219 Arizonans not designating a political preference. Democrats come in third with 1,090,310 registered voters. As an interesting aside, our state’s population currently sits at around 7,016,270 Arizonans with roughly 23% of the population below eighteen years of age. That means nearly 1.8 million Arizonans are eligible to vote, but cannot participate in elections because they simply are not registered!
Historically, primary elections in Arizona produce low voter turnout. The last gubernatorial/midterm primary (2014) in Arizona saw a 27% turnout by registered voters. The general election that same year, 48% of the registered voters actually cast a ballot. For comparison sakes, our last presidential election (2016) boosted voter turnout in Arizona to 29% in the primary and all the way to 71% in the general election.
So while midterms traditionally result in changes in Congress, the real question is, how will state legislatures, including Arizona’s, fare?
After the 2016 presidential elections, republicans around the country retained their commanding control of 68 out of 99 legislative chambers across the country (Nebraska has a nonpartisan single-chamber legislature), the highest number in the history of the republican party. Republicans also gained full control of 33 out of 50 legislatures (i.e. the party controls both the House and Senate), to the democrat’s control of thirteen.
Arizona has a long-standing history of electing GOP-controlled legislatures and governors. In fact, one would need to go all the way back to 1966, to find the last time democrats held control of the Arizona legislature.
Will republicans maintain control of the Arizona legislature in 2018?
That’s certainly the burning question on every Arizona political insider’s mind. Democrats need to flip three seats in the Arizona Senate and six seats in the House to achieve the majorities and control of the respective chambers. While most insiders seem to agree that chances of the House flipping are slim to none, the Senate may be a different story--- though even a complete shift to democratic control is still a bit of a long-shot. Perhaps the more realistic (but still somewhat of a stretch) scenario is that democrats gain two more seats in the Senate and create a 15-15 split, a rarity that hasn’t occurred in Arizona since the year 2000.
Local politics matter
State and local elections are critically important to the apartment industry since many important issues---property taxes, utility rates, landlord-tenant laws, licensure requirements, building codes etc.--- are all decided by the state legislature and local city councils.
Whether it was a proposal to prohibit landlords from restricting residents from bringing firearms into the common areas of apartments, requiring leasing agents to verify immigration status of all prospective residents, requiring that all routine maintenance in apartment communities be performed by licensed contractors, or even the recent legislative victory for the AMA related to tenant’s abandoned property, elected officials have considered numerous proposals that have or would have had a direct impact on the industry.
This is why the AMA places such an emphasis on supporting candidates that are receptive to the needs of the apartment industry and why the AMA strongly recommends that members consider AMAPAC endorsed elections when heading to the polls in August.
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